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737 in Long Beach

Sat Dec 12, 1998 5:40 am

Boeing has said today they will not build any 737's in Long Beach, California or any Business Jets. All the 737-300 /-400 /-500 /-600 /-700 /-800 /-900 aircraft will be built only in Seattle (Renton).

Only the MD-95 (717-200) will be built in Long Beach.
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RE: 737 in Long Beach

Sat Dec 12, 1998 7:26 am

Good for the MD plant (Boeing free), bad for jobs.
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RE: 737 in Long Beach

Sat Dec 12, 1998 7:44 am

Are you sure on that United? I thought Aviation Week had an article a while back on how Long Beach was going to build 737NGs.
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
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RE: 737 in Long Beach

Sat Dec 12, 1998 7:46 am

United777 is right.


Friday December 11, 12:00 pm Eastern Time

Company Press Release

SOURCE: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group

Boeing Cancels 737 Line at Long Beach; Adds Modification Work

SEATTLE, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA - news) said today it will retain all 737 final-assembly work at Renton,
Wash., reversing an earlier decision to assemble some 737s at its Long Beach Division in California.

``We have increased production rates on the 737 from 14 to 21 airplanes per month at the Renton, Wash., facility with very satisfactory results,''
said Dick Pearson, vice president and general manager -- Long Beach Division. ``In light of that success, we reviewed both market demand and
production options and determined that we will not require the additional 737 capacity in Long Beach.''

``However,'' Pearson added, ``we will offer 737 lap-joint modification services to the airline community beginning next year. This new service
could provide 400 or more jobs a year for our team here in Long Beach.''

Lap joints are areas in which skin panels overlap. Over time, these areas can be subject to fatigue cracking, which must be repaired. Pearson
noted that more than 2,200 737s could require this modification over the next 15 years. ``If we are competitive, we could win a significant portion
of this work,'' he said. ``But we will have to be extremely cost-conscious because we'll be competing against other organizations around the
world that would like to perform this work.''

Pearson said Long Beach also will continue to develop and produce the 717-200 and manage a variety of customer-service programs, including
fleet support, in-production spare parts, out-of-production spare parts, airplane modification services, and the MD-10 program. Long Beach
also will perform fabrication work to support other Boeing divisions and groups.

Pearson said, ``the Long Beach work force has the skills and the experience to perform very well in any of the programs we have in place now or
that we are studying for the future. We are committed to customer satisfaction.''

RE: 737 in Long Beach

Sat Dec 12, 1998 8:18 am

I saw a german 737 there about 2 months ago.
I am not sure what it was doing there.
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RE: 737 in Long Beach

Sat Dec 12, 1998 8:34 am

I wouldn't worry about Long Beach. It looks like the floodgates have opened for the 717---Between AirTran's 50 and TWA's 50 (100 probably) and the 100 for ILFC and all the smaller orders, they'll be busy for many more years just handling that plane.

Now I hope all of Boeing's skeptics around the world are convinced that the plane was a good idea. There are a lot of DC-9s out there, and the 717 is the perfect plane to take their place.

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